“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8
Eliset Igat writes: “As heirs of the grace of God, we should be gracious in our attitude toward others. He who throws mud gets dirty hands. To live like Christ is not natural… it’s supernatural! Only as we yield to the Holy Spirit can we ever hope to exhibit the life of Christ. Let’s us look at others through the eyes of mercy. Love is compassion with Christlike eyes.”
Some of you will relate.
Through the years, in dealing with Christian people, I have observed (as perhaps many of you have) that many of those who seem to be “on fire” for Christ and appear to love the truth, are sadly extremely merciless, arrogant, self-willed (trying to overcome without truly dying and relying on Christ), self-righteous, and judgmental. Jesus tells us that the sin of religious self-righteousness is worse than being a harlot (Matthew 21:31)….. The profile of these type people goes something like this: When they hear the truth being preached, they migrate to that ministry. Yet, inevitably, when they find a weakness or struggle, they condemn and move on. I’m not talking about them finding blatant heresy. No I’m talking about them observing non-essential differences…… they’ve never learned to mature in their thinking through acknowledging the whole counsel of God and are quite frankly very self-centered, somehow believing that everyone needs to conform to their shallow convictions in things not essential to salvation. They beat the drum of truth with great force and yet, ignore their own personal weaknesses and need for divine mercy. In doing so, they are harsh and condemning in their judgment of others. James 2:13 says: “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.“
You are not God. He alone is “Holy, holy, holy” and therefore He alone reserves the right/place of judgment in the lives of others, not you (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). The LORD never relegate such a place to you – a mere sinner without Christ and only saved by His sheer mercy (Titus 3:5-6). Isn’t it time we stopped telling others to repent for awhile and perhaps obey that command ourselves?
In their devilish strife, hatred, and self-righteous blood thirst, these self-righteous “truth” lovers seem to intentionally miss Bible truths such as these:
“Endeavouring (working diligently) to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Colossians 3:12-14
The LORD has a special season of breaking ahead for such a person. He will break and humble them so that they “love mercy …. Micah 6:8
This type person usually has no patience at all with others, not realizing and totally blinded in self-righteousness to the fact that God has had great mercy toward them.
Though they claim to love the truth, such a person has no ear for the truth of divine mercy, love, and grace and so become grossly imbalanced.
People possessed with a critical, evil eye are not one with Christ. Those who are one with Christ have His love in them and “cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8
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